When do you toss these household items away? Now? Lana Penrose August 29, 2012 From condoms to kitchen sponges – when is the best time to throw them away. Holding on to many household products too long can lead to health problems. Here’s how to avoid that tossit1Toss your tampons when … the wrapper looks damaged.“Because they’re little more than tossit2Toss your condoms… by the expiration date written on the wrapper.The expiration date is usually n tossit3Toss your sneakers … every year.Wearing them past this time can decrease their cushioning and sup From our partner tossit4Toss your foundation … every six to eight months, or as soon as it shows signs of discolouration or uneven consistency. tossit5Toss your sports bra … at the first sign of wear.Fraying, holes or elastic that isn’t as st tossit6Toss your toothbrush … after three to four months, or as soon as you notice the bristles are frayed. tossit7Toss your eye makeup … three to six months after you open it.Most dermatologists recommend that you From our partner tossit8Toss rubbing alcohol… after a year.Alcohol typically lasts a long time, but most people make the tossit9Toss solid OTC pain relievers...no later than three years after their expiration date.A large study of m 7. Spare sun hats and sunscreen. tossit11Toss your lubricants for sex … within a year of purchase.These products are typically water-based From our partner tossit12Toss your diaphragm … every two years or if you’ve had a weight shift or recent pregnancyWh tossit13Toss your face cleanser… after one year.Its ingredients can separate and degrade over time, making t tossit14Toss your kitchen sponge … after one week.Many people use the same sponge for weeks, even months tossit15Toss hydrogen peroxide … when you’ve used it all, or after five years.You don't have to From our partner tossit16Toss your water filter … every three months, or as advised on the package.Charcoal pitcher filters [ tossit17Toss your lip balm … after you have a cold, flu, cold sore or any infection near your mouth.Lip balm tossit18Toss your kitchen cutting boards … when they develop cracks or other visible signs of wear.Harmfu 1 / 18 Previous Next JOIN THE CONVERSATION FROM OUR NETWORK What's Popular 1The strange sights and sounds of Sydney's creepiest train station. 2When a fan criticised Blake Lively for wearing too many suits, she had the best come back. 3Why an Instagram influencer is being mocked for her "ridiculous" business class photo. 4'What I have learned after surviving eight years of long haul travel with kids.’ 5The military sleep hack that promises to send you off to sleep in just two minutes. FROM OUR NETWORK Want more from mamamia?